‘If it were up to me, I would not talk with you' - Arsenal striker reacts to media

Nicklas Bendtner has been talking to the Danish press this week, but was short in his response.

As much as people may not rate Nicklas Bendtner as a footballer, you do have to sometimes feel sorry for him as a human being - because he certainly comes in for a lot of stick.

Sure it is easy to say he brings it all on himself somewhat, but when a fan put him up for sale on Gumtree for spare change you know things might have got a little too harsh.

This week however the chat has almost exclusively been about his future with Arsenal. He recently admitted he wanted to leave this summer, and his national coach Morten Olsen has implored him to take his chances on a January departure in order to salvage his career.

Of course this always happens when players go away with their respective countries for international duty. They get talking to their home press, faces they recognise and are friendly with and let off a little steam, usually giving guys like me great fodder.

But it seems that Bendtner is not one of those willing to discuss his future, or anything with the Danish press in fact.

The striker, who is training again after suffering with the sickness bug that left Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky stricken for the Manchester United game, is all set to feature against Norway tomorrow night.

But when stopped by reporters for a quick word on the training ground, he had a few choice ones:

‘’If it were up to me, I would not talk with you. I do not talk to you. But in our contract with DBU (Danish FA) says that we need to talk to you. Therefore, I am also speaking only on the national team when I speak to you…No matter what I do, my qualities will be questioned. (It’s) how I think it will be until my career stops. But surely it is also your job.’’

It seems he simply got fed up of talking transfer with the Danish press, and after a couple of days vomiting his guts up he was a little short of diplomacy with the media - which we can all surely understand.

He will now hope to demonstrate the talent he does possess for Denmark once again, following on from his double against Italy recently.

And I think, despite his apparent unpopular status at The Emirates, no Gunner would resent him a decent game tomorrow evening.

image: © Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi

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